Both of these phones sport a new, larger display that is 3.999 inches diagonally. Apple will not just increase the size of the display and leave the current resolution, but will actually be adding pixels to the display. The new iPhone display resolution will be 640 x 1136. That’s an extra 176 pixels longer of a display. The screen will be the same 1.9632 inches wide, but will grow to 3.484 inches tall. This new resolution is very close to a 16:9 screen ratio, so this means that 16:9 videos can play full screen at their native aspect ratio.
Most interesting to me about this is the mockup that implies the actual size of the phone itself won’t change, just the screen will get larger (and just longer, really).
Certainly, Apple seems to have some room to maneuver here given how much black “trim” is shown on the current iPhone, but it’s not clear how this would work with the internals of the device.
Previous mockups have shown a longer device — but, of course, that means nothing.
If the device is indeed the same size, awesome. I’m all in favor of a larger screen, I just don’t want a bigger device. For all the iPhone/Android back and forth, I think we can all agree that devices like the Galaxy Note are absolutely ridiculous.
And I love, love love the notion of a 16x9 ratio for iTunes video content. The black bars drive me crazy on a screen that small. And zooming is a lame option.